WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Last updated: Wednesday 15 September 2021  

Come along to the open day at our Clissold market garden - this Saturday 18 September, 11am till 4pm. Find out more.

We have opened a new collection point at Grow in Hackney Wick. Find out more.

 

Links to specific updates:

Farmers' market updates. Coffee is back!

Veg scheme updates Keep each other safe

Volunteering at our growing sites Yes, you can!

Operational changes to keep you safe

 

 

Farmers' market

Market is open every Saturday 10am - 2.30pm 

Check our main Market page to see who will be there this week.

We have restored the market stalls to their pre-Covid layout (in line with current government guidance). This has enabled us to reopen the market cafe and seating area. There is a hand-sanitiser at the gate. We look forward to seeing you at our lovely, open-air market soon.

If you'd like to receive weekly email updates about the farmers' market and other GC activities, please use the Subscribe to our mailing list box at the bottom of this page.

 

Veg scheme arrangements

Covid cases are high in Hackney. We have reviewed our Covid safety procedures in line with new guidelines and our social distancing policy at veg scheme collection points will remain unchanged for the time being. This is to keep our staff and members as safe as possible and to reduce the risk of multiple isolations within our packing and distribution teams. So please consider others and continue to maintain social distance and wear a face covering when collecting your bags. We have asked our staff at the Old Fire Station and Hackney City Farm staffed collection points to continue to encourage you to do so.

Keep yourself and others safe
Respect social distancing and wear a mask when collecting your bags from indoor collection points.

Don't want your bags?
Our Food Credit Scheme is the best way to donate your bags. It's more effective and less wasteful than leaving unwanted bags at your collection point. The money goes into a central pot, then we deliver fresh, organic produce when and where it’s needed directly from GC HQ, usually to Hackney Food Bank. Book a week off or a donation here.

Collection point information
Check your weekly emails for information about changes to collection arrangements. Log into your account to check your padlock code.

If you are a member of the veg scheme and need to contact us, please email us

 

Want to sign up to our scheme?

Fill in our joining form here. If you'd like to sign up our waiting list to hear when places come up at our closed or potential collection points, please give us your details here.

 

Volunteering at our growing sites

To volunteer at our Hackney market gardens, email us to join the waiting list. Our grower Sophie will be in touch to book you in when a slot is available. We no longer accept walk-ins. You might also want to check out Capital Growth's  list of London gardens that usually welcome volunteers.

We are unable to offer volunteering at our Dagenham Farm as we do not have enough staff and resources. Click here to receive email updates about volunteering and other news from the farm.

 

GC’s heightened hygiene precautions 

Growing Communities staff are working hard to protect our members, market customers, ourselves and our families from the Covid-19 virus  

We’ve been taking extra precautions in our packing and delivery operations to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus.

Veg packing: All staff have been trained in Coronavirus hygiene. All staff wash hands before the pack starts and wear gloves while packing. Staff know not to touch their faces or phones during the packing. All staff wash hands according to official public health guidelines before and after eating or any breaks. We have minimised staff in the office to avoid unnecessary foot traffic during the pack.

Veg delivery: The delivery van is cleaned when drivers change over and delivery staff have been trained in how to minimise the potential for virus transmission. 

Market: We have spaced out the stalls to allow for quicker shopping and safe queuing. Stallholders are offering cardless transactions wherever possible and have their own hand sanitisers. Please make use of the hand-washing facilities and sanitiser as you leave the market.

Our farm and growing sites: Our growers are washing hands and tools regularly, cleaning gloves frequently and have been trained in Coronavirus hygiene. 

Please help us! The veg scheme operates via public collection points so we ask you to take all precautions for public spaces including wearing a mask, bringing your own hand sanitiser or sanitiser wipes to wipe your hands after collecting your bags. Please remember to wash your hands after unpacking your veg (and fruit) at home as well as washing all fruit and veg before use as usual.